We Walked Together Through a Landscape of Improbable Ideas

from Ten Things Which Aren't Love by Pale Bird



We walked together through a landscape of improbable ideas
Made tangible by fear
You held on with a strange reluctance to my trembling hand
When the dust had settled
And the shape of this abysmal place was clear

If a cloud crosses the road
Passing through an empty desert
That’s just too much company for me

A single lonely footprint
Planted in a distant corner of a long-abandoned city
That’s more people than I ever want to see

Why would you say these words out loud
Your lips lingering at my ear?
Maybe it was just because
We were walking through this landscape of improbable ideas?

You helped me figure out the mechanisms of this terrible machine
We’d all suffered at its hand
And, yes, it operated on a constant flow of salty human tears
But, given what we had expected
This didn’t seem so bad

And maybe if we stayed
Your resolve would melt
You’d reach out your hand
Just glad to have me near
Because after all
We are in a landscape of improbable ideas
Made possible by fear


from Ten Things Which Aren't Love, released November 3, 2017


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